Chaos in US Congress

WASHINGTON - There have been chaotic scenes in the lower house of the US Congress as Democrats staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun control legislation.

The protest comes in the wake of the recent shootings in Orlando, the deadliest in modern US history.

Republican Speaker Paul Ryan tried to regain control but was met with chants of "no bill, no break!"

The Republicans switched off the House TV cameras but Democrats continued to feed live pictures via their phones.

The transmissions, broadcast by the C-Span network, technically breach the rules of the House of Representatives, but one Democrat congressman, Scott Peters, who provided a feed via the Periscope app, said the sit-in was breaking rules anyway.

The Democrats' protest follows the gun attack on 12 June, when a man claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people at the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida.

Comments (1)

american barbarism coupled by islamist extremism spells the end. democtrats sure have their wits and thats important to stay in power

Malcolm - 23 June 2016

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